About twelve years ago, I began my journey with paint. I have been creating all my life with fabrics, color, and design, but I have found that painting in oils challenges me the most. I once read that one's painting style lies within oneself, and I believe that to be true.
When I first put brush to canvas, I was drawn to painting birds and animals. I live near the Atlantic Ocean,, and I am always observing the gulls, sandpipers, egrets, herons and pelicans that inhabit the marshes and coastline. The colors of the coast are stunning; the water, the marshes, and the light are all natural elements that amaze and inspire me.
My process has not changed much over the years. I prefer to paint on a toned canvas rather than white; usually using yellow or yellow ochre acrylic thinned with water. I begin sketching lightly with cobalt or ultramarine blue; keeping it as loose as possible, always conscience of my values.
Five or six years ago, I created what I call my whimsical or contemporary birds. I experimented with a palette knife and found that I really enjoyed the mixing of colors and the movement I had using the knife. Presently, I'll use the knife in other subjects as well, such as seascapes and landscapes.
There are no boundaries with art. Artists come in different sizes and colors, and so does our art! I have learned to appreciate all the different styles and all the different artists that I have known. I feel very lucky to be an artist!